Identifying native jewelweeds using leaf traits: An effort fueled by citizen science and morphometrics

- Center for Great Lakes Literacy
Join the Center for Great Lakes Literacy on Wednesday, April 10th from 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. CST to talk with undergraduate researcher Michelle Kenton about her project employing iNaturalist.

Michelle is a third-year undergraduate student at UW-Madison studying Conservation Biology and Data Science who grew up identifying plants with the app Picture This.

Now, she uses iNaturalist to connect with people who have seen Impatiens capensis and Impatiens pallida, which are native jewelweeds whose flowers only bloom during a few weeks of the year. Michelle seeks to use these samples, collected from the US & Canada, to explore leaf shape and color metrics as indicators of species.

The Center for Great Lakes Literacy (CGLL) is a collaborative effort led by Sea Grant educators throughout the Great Lakes watershed.

This webinar is part of the 2024 Great Lakes BioBlitz! The BioBlitz is a binational, Great Lakes-regional, month-long effort to observe, identify, and record as many different species as possible (cats, dogs, sheep, chickens, and other domesticated animals don't count). It starts on April 22 and ends on May 18. Anyone can participate! It is a really great way for educators to involve their students in participatory science.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. CST

Register today for this virtual event!

Kelsey Prihoda - Great Lakes Transportation Extension Educator, Minnesota Sea Grant

Image credit: Michelle Kenton/UW-Madison